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Diana Loyola, Biologist in Ecology and Management, resides on Santa Cruz Island, and leads a key investigation on avian pox, contributing to the understanding and control of this disease.

Empowering Women in Science Across Galápagos

We celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, honoring their contributions to science and tech, and advocating for increased participation in areas where women have historically been underrepresented. This day is especially important in Galapagos because it highlights the crucial role women play in conservation and scientific exploration in this archipelago.

With the support of Galápagos Conservancy, Diana, along with her team of researchers, captured 3018 birds of 11 species at 17 sites in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
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Diana Loyola is a biologist and researcher who has contributed significantly to the understanding and management of avian pox on Galapagos. Diana’s research with Darwin’s Finches, on Santa Cruz Island funded by a Galapagos Conservancy conservation grant, sheds new light on this viral disease’s impact on local birds. This work is crucial in conserving the unique biodiversity of the archipelago.

Domenica Pinda, who is a Bachelor in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources on the Galapagos Conservancy Team, shows her dedication to conservation of the island through her work. Domenica Pineda’s conservation efforts, which focus on sustainable development and eco-restoration, show her commitment to the field and desire to inspire others. My professional goal is to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable development on Galapagos. I am especially passionate about leading eco-restoration projects in ecosystems where direct and indirect human action has degraded them,” said Domenica.

Diana and Domenica’s inspiring stories, as well as those of other women, demonstrate the importance that women have in science and conservation. Their work on Galapagos is a beacon to promote a sustainable and equitable future where gender equality and diversity will be integrated into scientific and environment efforts. We celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science by honoring the women who shape science and conservation in Galapagos and beyond. They are paving the path for future generations in this important field.

Doménica Pineda, a passionate conservationist and active member of the Galápagos Conservancy team, fervently dedicates herself to research and conservation in the Galápagos Islands.
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One of the investigations led by Doménica focused on the recovery of the Scalesia forest on Santa Cruz, where she has actively participated.
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